Jan. 14, 2004
The University of New Mexico Ski Team heads to the second Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association meet of the 2004 season in Reno, Nevada this weekend. The Lobo Alpine team will be racing in Sugar Bowl, Calif., while the Nordic team hits the trails in Reno at the Nevada Invitational on January 15-16. This is the first collegiate race of the season for the Nordic squad while the Alpine team looks to extend their lead in their second competition.
The Lobos come into the Nevada Invite with a 12-point lead over Denver, 287-275. Freshman Peter Roering and Lars Loeseth lead UNM with four top-3 finishes between them in the first race of the year at Utah on January 11-12. UNM is also looking to gain experience on the Nevada trails since the University of Nevada is the host site for the 2004 NCAA Championships.
UNM's Nordic team is led by 2003 All-American junior Martina Stursova. Stursova has already turned heads in the preseason with a win at the 2004 U.S. Nationals in the 15K Classic race in Rumford, Maine, on January 7.
Head coach George Brooks Lobos were picked to finish fifth in the Ski Racing Magazine coaches' poll but lead the RMISA after the season's first Alpine competition.
* Freshman Peter Roering made a huge impact in his Lobo debut, taking first in the Utah Invite slalom and third in the giant slalom.
* Freshmen Lars Loeseth also skied well in his debut with a pair of second place finishes in the Utah Invite slalom and giant slalom.
* Senior Jennifer Delich had a top-5 finish in the Utah women's giant slalom by placing 4th.
* Sophomore Gladys Weidt is coming off her best finishes at the Utah Invite, 11th in the slalom and 7th in the giant slalom.
* Junior Martina Stursova is the lone returning All-American for the Nordic squad.
* Jacob Zehnder returns for his senior season and is looking to get back to the NCAA Championships for the second time in his career.